“One life. Just one. Why aren’t we running like we’re on fire toward our wildest dreams?”
The student center is pretty much rubble at this point, and that’s why the bridge is so funny. It doesn’t go anywhere now. It’s just a bridge to a dropoff. Bridge to nowhere aside, I’ll never see this view again once the new student center goes up. Not in my lifetime anyway. Unless the next administration doesn’t like the new student center, tears it down, and builds another. I’ll have the camera ready.
“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
~ Robert H. Schuller
Crystal loaned me her long lens for a little project tomorrow. I took it for a test drive today watching the chomper continue to take down the student center. It was kind of sad seeing the Subway sign hanging there, waiting its turn. I’ve walked passed that sign too many times to count. Just after I shot these a PT Cruiser pulled up beside me and a voice yelled, “Hey, nice lens.” It was Crystal. Yea, it’s a nice lens, and I’ve got a really good friend that let’s me borrow it in a time of need. These things do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
“Once we get a taste of the freedom that comes with letting go of our stuff
– anger, righteousness, jealousy, our need to be in control, the judging mind –
we start to look at those things in new ways.” ~ Ram Dass
Out for lunch today, my companions – Stacy Yelton and Judy Sackett – and I took one last look at Hamilton House and the remains of Holmes Hall. Have I mentioned I had a great time with my companions? I generally do, even when we say the slow goodbyes to history.
” A negative mind will never give you a positive life.” ~ Unknown
This is all that remained of Wenner-Gren Research Laboratory and Donovan Hall (dormitory) today. I read in the newspaper last week that demolition had begun, but nothing prepared me for this. They’ve made amazingly quick work of it. In the photo below, you can see the new dorms that took the place of K-Lair and Haggin Hall (dormitory). This entire block will be brand new in a year. That’s some serious construction effort. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to see Wenner-Gren in person. It’s all down to photographs from here on.
“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past,
but by the love we’re not extending in the present.”
~ Marianne Williamson
On one end of my street is the Southland destruction I’ve been posting. On the other end sits the remains of Turfland Mall. Most of it has been torn down by now, but the old Dillard’s store remains, or at least its guts do. It’s being repurposed as UK Clinic South (the building of City Barbecue in the foreground). Stacy noticed yesterday the old McAlpin’s sign beneath the faux exterior. McAlpin’s, like Shillito’s, was the premier department store in Central Kentucky for decades. One of the first jobs I had when I came to Lexington in the early 1980’s was decorating Christmas trees in their Lexington Mall location (that mall was destroyed a few years ago to make way for Southland Christian Church’s second location). It was good to see a bit of the past peeking through. It made Stacy smile, too.
“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbour… such is my idea of happiness.”
~ Leo Tolstoy
Much to my surprise the other half of the building was still standing today. In other news, I love most of the people I work with. There are some days when I really appreciate them for no particular reason other than they’re there, they’re cool, they’re smart, they’re creative, and they make me laugh. Today was such a day. Happy!
“Stop thinking too much. It’s alright not to know the answers.
They will come to you when you least expect it.”
This is the back of the building that was in yesterday’s post. Driving home from work I slowed to take more pictures. Stacy gasped, “Look at that cross!” You couldn’t really see it when all the trees were standing, but now, without them, it’s striking. You have to wonder if it was an electrician’s purposeful doing or purely coincidental. Whatever the case, it will be in a pile of rubble this time tomorrow. It’s been pretty neat to find in the meantime.
“Heartbreak isn’t permanent unless we let it be. It’s more a redesign.”
~ Lennart Lundh
Think back to Friday when I said I’d taken my camera on a walk to survey the demolition down on Southland Drive. Here’s a shot from that day. On March 2 of this year, I posted the photo below when I could still get close to the buildings. It’s sad to see them go because they’re so different from any other buildings in town. Worse still is what’s replacing them: a generic style low-cost clinic. Such nondescript architecture seems to be ‘the’ style for Lexington. A stranger walked by as I was shooting through the fence. “It’s a tragedy, isn’t it? I voted ‘ney’, but it wasn’t enough,” he said, with a hint of sadness. “That’s all you can do,” I replied. Many of us wrote the mayor about the demolition plans. His response wasn’t unkind, but not exactly inspiring. He simply said the city has no say in the matter. My neighbor with a two year old and twins on the way expressed her doubts just yesterday about the new facility; how it will change the neighborhood’s foot and vehicle traffic, not to mention the aesthetics. It has the potential to radically change the close-knit, calm essence of the place; the very reason so many of us choose to live in Southland. As I said to my neighbor, “We have to stay positive. That’s all we can do now.” I remain ever hopeful.
“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate.
Give in to it…whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty.
Joy is not made to be a crumb.”
~ Mary Oliver
London (England) has the iconic red telephone booth. Lexington (Kentucky) has Blue Moon Porta-Johns. Pretty fitting photo for the outhouse, don’t you think? I happened past the new dorms where the old Wildcat Lodge basketball dorm used to be when they caught my eye. There were at least eight of them all in a line along the street.
The dorms are huge, but there are places between them where you can still see Memorial Coliseum. Quite coincidentally, today was Open House for the new buildings. From the outside, they’re about as bland and boring as can be, though the landscaping, clearly still underway, has some nice qualities. And it was pleasant to have openings every so often rather than a giant block of concrete and steal. I didn’t go inside. Meanwhile, across the street, demolition continues. All that’s left of Holmes and Jewell Halls are a walkway pillar and pile-o-bricks. Such a surreal juxtaposition of events made for an interesting walk.